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NCAA Penalizes UMass For Violations In Basketball, Tennis

NCAA Penalizes UMass For Violations In Basketball, Tennis

The NCAA is stripping Massachusetts of victories in mens basketball and womens tennis for overpaying 12 athletes about $9,100 in financial aid over three years.

The NCAA is stripping Massachusetts of victories in mens basketball and womens tennis for overpaying 12 athletes about $9,100 in financial aid over three years.

The NCAA announced Friday the Committee on Infractions had imposed a two-year probation on UMass that will end October 2022 in addition to vacating results involving athletes who received what were determined to be inappropriate payments.

The school will also pay a self-imposed fine of $5,000.

UMass plans to appeal the committee’s decision to vacate victories, which include 59 basketball wins and an Atlantic 10 Conference championship in womens tennis from 2014-17.

The NCAA said four athletes received a higher housing rate after they moved to less-expensive off-campus housing, and eight continued to receive a telecom fee for those who live in on-campus after they moved to off. One athlete received both.

The NCAA determined the overpayments caused the athletes competed while ineligible.

The committee said a former associate athletics directors misunderstanding of financial aid rules and administrative error resulted in the violations.


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